Trojans Offer Armstead

Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove lineman Arik Armstead, who stand 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, will undoubtedly be one of the top prospects in the class of 2012, and several schools in the Pac-10 have already taken notice of the big man with big talent. Look inside for more.

Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove lineman Arik Armstead, who stand 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, will undoubtedly be one of the top prospects in the class of 2012, and several schools in the Pac-10 have already taken notice of the big man with big talent.

While in Los Angeles to watch his older brother, Armond, start at defensive end during USC's spring game on Saturday, the elite 2012 recruit visited both USC and UCLA and came away with a verbal offer from the Trojans.


Arik Armstead already has six offers.
"After UCLA, we went straight over to 'SC to talk with Coach O(rgeron) and to watch some film of my brother, Armond," Arik Armstead said. "They told me he was playing really well."

USC defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron has regularly raved about the play of the elder Armstead throughout spring practice, and he is now looking to add another member of the family to the roster.

"Coach O is real cool; you can see why he's a great recruiter," Armstead said. "He asked me how becoming part of the 'SC family sounded, and I told him that I am definitely interested, but I am going to keep thinking it over and working on both sports, plus my academics. They offered me, so that means a lot right there.

"They told me before the trip that they would, so that's one of the main reasons I came down."

Armstead is a two-sport star with the potential to play both football and basketball on the college level. The versatile big man also met with head coach Kevin O'Neil while on campus and got a closer look at the Trojans' basketball program.

"I went to the Galen Center and I met with Coach Cantu and Coach Miller," he said. "They showed us around, and overall, I just enjoyed their facilities. I got to know both staffs a bit better."

With Friday's offer, USC joins Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington as the six Pac-10 schools to come thru with offers for Armstead.

"My recruiting has been happening kind of fast lately," he said. "A lot of schools have offered now, and I expected it to happen because that's just what a lot of coaches have been telling would happen."

Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for updates on Arik Armstead throughout the recruiting process.


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